NEW DELHI: The film Red Alert in Naxalism, directed
by Ananth Mahadevan for producer T P Aggarwal, won two
awards for best director and the Red Rose for
the best film released between October 2009 and October
2010 at the third Jaipur International Film Festival
that concluded in the pink city over the weekend.
veteran actress Asha Parekh was presented the Lifetime
Achievement Award in absentia at the closing ceremony.
Marathi film Mala Aai Vahhaychy (I want to be
a Mother) on surrogacy (womb on hire) also
bagged two awards: best debutante director award to
advocate-turned-filmmaker Samrouddhi Porey and Special
Jury mention to the actress Stacy Bee for her role in
French film Dreams and Awakenings received two
awards for best editor to David Baudry and best sound
editor to Remy Laurencom at the festival which was held
from 27 to 30 January.
by Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on 27 January
in the presence of State Tourism Minister Beena Kaak
and Festival Director Hanu Roj, the opening had been
followed by a performance by famous Rajasthani folk
dancer Gulabo. The films Hay Fever directed by
Lara Luchhiti of Italy, Open Door directed by
Alessandro Del Bianco of Italy, and Topi by Arjun
Rihan from the United States were screened as the Opening
Mahatma by Naresh Chandra Lal from the Andaman Islands
(who was present) was the closing film on 30 January
- Mahatma Gandhis death anniversary before
the Red Carpet awards function which saw the presence
of Film Federation of India President T P Aggarwal among
best short film award went to Jagjeet directed
by Kavanjit Singh, while the documentary award was bagged
by A Crime in Silence by Behrouz Nouranipoor
of Iran. Kiruthiga Udhaynidhi received the best director
Award for the film Life.
Nallamuthu received the best cinematographer award for
his film Tiger Queen on tigers in Ranthambore
while the best script award went to Marcio Salem for
the Brazilian film Vento and the Special Jury award
went to Bassa Marea (Low Tide), directed by Roberto
De Paolis of Italy.
Best Upcoming Star award went to the film Cockroach
from Australia directed by Luke Eve, while Khanabadosh
directed by Tulika, Mahavish, Priya and Swati Bhattacharya
received the Special Jury award in this category.
Special Jury award in the upcoming star category in
the U TURN Rajasthan award for the best film entry from
Rajasthan went to the short film I am sorry directed
by Gajendra Shrotriya.
best Animation Award went to the French film Stretching
directed by Francois Vogal from France whole the
Special jury award in this category was bagged by Kidnap
directed by Sijia Luo from US and the Critics
award went to Topi directed by Arjun Rihan.
Green Rose Award for the film with the best global message
went to Cultures of Resistance directed by Iara
Lee from the US while the Yellow Rose Award for upcoming
film (world premiere) was given to the Hindi film Riwaayat
on female infanticide and foeticide directed by Vijay
Special Jury Award in the feature film category went
to the Iranian film Marham (Salve) directed by
closing function was embellished by musical performances
by the renowned Abhas Joshi and Janaki Parikh who took
listeners on a journey of Hindi film music from the
fifties to the present day.
total of 133 films including 71 from overseas were screened
at the Festival. The competitive festival had 57 films
from India including two from Rajasthan itself. The
festival was held at four venues and attracted around
300 film delegates from India and overseas.
jury includes former Films Division Director General
Kuldeep Sinha, filmmakers G L Bhardawaj, Kireet Khurana
(director of Toonpur Ka Superhero), Italian filmmaker
Alessandro Del Bianco, Deepak Mahaan, Biju Mohan, M
D Soni, Michael Wigge (Germany), and Rakesh Gogna.
films from Rajasthan or with the state as backdrop were
screened, including 13 May Gulabi Nagar
directed by Nand K Pareek and Vinod Gupta; Bhobhar
directed by Gajendra S Shrotriya, and I am Kalam,
apart from documentary Tiger Queen by S
various sections of the Festival include Worldwood International,
Coming Stars about student cinema, U Turn Rajasthan
about Rajasthani cinema, The Guest which
was a focus on French Cinema, a Jury Retrospective,
the Indian Panorama, and a Bollywood Special.
were several discussions during the festival. These
included Beyond the Oscars moderated by
Film Federation of India General Secretary Supran Sen,
Young filmmakers and networking moderated
by film critic B B Nagpal, Yesterday/ past Today/
present tomorrow/ future of cinema moderated
by filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, and the Film Market section
with FFI President T P Aggarwal and Jaipur distributor
were two filmmaker sessions with Iara Lee of the United
States and Jag Mohan Mundhra from India, and workshops
by Subhash Kapoor (India) and Allessandra Del Bianco.
Other participants included Mukesh Asopa (Film Maker,
Canada), Iara Lee (Film Director, USA), Hemant Gaba
and Ram Kumar Singh (Filmmakers, India),
Festival also saw the presence of Rajeev Arora (Chairman
Red Carpet), Rakesh Verma (Patron JIFF),Ila Arun (Singer,
Actress), and Mahavir P Sharma (Advisory Board Member